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April 5th

Erving E. Helms

Erving E. Helms, age 90, of Creighton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at the Meadowbrook Manor in Rapid City.

Erving Emmanuel Helms was born May 30, 1915, the third child born to Ernest H. and Paulina (Geigle) Helms. He was born on the ranch where he lived all of his life, located twelve miles northeast of Wall. Erving was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith.


A. Elaine Berry

A. Elaine Berry, age 95, of Kadoka, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at her residence in Kadoka.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 1, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Joni Hunt, vocalist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Shorty and Jerry Jones. Pallbearers were Jeff Page, Jim Kayras, Brent Berry, Alan Kayras, Tom and Justin Hunt.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.


March 24th

Norma R. Fox

Norma R. Fox was born July 22, 1920, in Philip, SD. She passed away in Stockton CA, on Thursday, March 2, 2006.

Mrs. Fox was a homemaker and a long-time Stockton resident. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Fox.

Norma was a devoted mother to Karen Fox and Charles M. Fox, Jr., both of Stockton; loving aunt of JoAnn Hart, Janet Humphrey, Sheri Pipal, Jean Lockett and Bill Lockett.

A graveside service was held at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, CA, on March 7, 2006.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association.


Juanita A. Bowen

Juanita Amelia Bowen, age 81, of Philip, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Interment was Monday, March 13, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Music for the service was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Barb Bowen, vocalist. Ushers were Shane Noack and Cory Boyd.


Betty "Jean" Schoniger

Betty "Jean" Schoniger, age 74, has fought her gallant fight with cancer and now, March 9, 2006, has triumphantly, earned her rest with God. She faced terminal illness with the verse and gaiety that she brought to all challenges in life.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle and Pastor Tim Solberg officiating.

Private family interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist, with congregational hymns.


Middle Age …

One of the hardest decisions I have to make at this point in my life is when to start middle age. When I do decide, old age will always be fifteen years older than I am, because I fear the adage that the four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence.

I discovered a shocking thing just this morning. I am going bald. I do not feel comfort in knowing that God created only a few perfect heads and the rest he covered up with hair.


Philip Ambulance Service to use $100,000 revolving loan to move to own building

The Philip Economic Development Committee used its Revolving Loan Funds capability for the first time in granting an application for a $100,000 loan to the Philip Ambulance Service for purchase and remodeling of the Kennedy Implement building.

Director Don Weller represented the Philip Ambulance Service at the Thursday, March 16, meeting of the Economic Development Committee. As the first and main order of business, the committee approved the application.


Midland School Board votes to work on reorganization plan with Kadoka

The Midland School Board met in a special session at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15. Before a standing-room-only audience, the board unanimously decided to contract with the Kadoka School District for the teaching of the Midland High School students for the 2006-2007 school year.

The board also unanimously voted to develop a plan for reorganization with the Kadoka School District.


March 18th

Girl Scouting in Philip area still going strong

Girl Scouting is alive and well in the Philip area, thanks to dedicated past and present leaders. Girl Scouting has been here for 40 years.

To accommodate the smaller community of Philip, the Daisies (kindergardeners) and Brownies (first through third graders) have been combined for the last few years. This group is currently led by Amy Pinela, Emily Kroetch and Kay Ainslie.

The Philip Juniors (fourth and fifth graders) and Cadets (seventh through ninth graders) are led by Marlene Scheesselle and Kay Ainslie.


Fire takes two Kadoka Main Street buildings, authorities calling it arson

Only a memory now … Firemen worked throughout the early morning hours on March 9th to get this Kadoka Main Street fire under control. As seen in the photo, smoke escapes the roof top seam along the front of the building. The fire on the upper level blazed for a couple of hours before the firemen decided demolition was their only option. Firemen kept a steady stream of water on each section being torn off by backhoe operator Roger Neiffer. In addition to the Kadoka Fire Department, Philip sent two units to Kadoka. The two buildings, being used for storage by owner Joe Handrahan, were a total loss. The state fire marshal, who was on the scene later in the day, has officially called it arson and the case is under investigation. Cleanup has already begun.

Kadoka’s Main Street is short a couple of buildings after an early morning fire on Thursday.

Kadoka Fire Chief Rich Bendt said he arrived at the scene about 12:45 a.m. and he could see flames coming from between the two buildings.

There was a narrow walkway between the buildings where steps were attached to the two-story corner building.